Break from Iceland, 5 days
In three hours we will have leaped from Iceland to Greenland, two contrasting worlds, especially as the goal for this getaway is to take part in a real expedition sailing small kayaks through a sea of icebergs. Meanwhile we will have seen the ruins of the first known Viking settlement in Greenland and sailed a zodiac into the bowels of a massive glacier.
Iceland Greenland kayak expedition: Travel journal
Iceland Greenland Day 1. Qassiarsuk.
Three-hour flight from Keflavik (Iceland’s international airport) to Narsarsuaq (south Greenland) with views of Kap Farvel and the southern Greenland sea ice … we are now in the Arctic! Reception at the airport and transfer to the port of Narsarsuaq to cross the Eriksfjord in the direction of Qassiarsuk, a small village of about 50 inhabitants, mostly farmers.
Accomodation in Tasiusaq or Qassiarsuq Hostel
Iceland Greenland Day 2. Tasiusaq Bay, the kayaking spot
Tasiusaq Farm, populated by only 7 people who live on their farms throughout the year next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by the ice and icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier filled with icebergs from the Eqalorutsit glacier. Near the shore of the small bay of Tasiusaq is the Yurt (of Mongolian origin) with the kayak equipment. After a break to eat and rest, we select waterproof clothing and navigation accessories and make first contact with the water. Our guide will teach you the basics of sailing, emphasizing the safety standards. Overnight stay in tents.
- Always calm in Tasiusaq.
Iceland Greenland Day 3. Kayaking among icebergs
Always attentive to the guide, paddling among small blocks of ice or giant icebergs is an unforgettable experience. The only noise heard from our kayaks is the sound of the ice floes, with occasional glimpses of a seal’s head as it suddenly breaks the surface. The route, from the north shore to the south of the fjord, depends on the ice. We stop for lunch at a small island or on the coast if the group wants to… there’s no rush, our goal is about ten km west along the Sermilik Fjord, to reach an isthmus where we set up camp. From there, we will take a short walk to the other side of the isthmus to admire the stunning view of the Eqalorutsit glacier: Now I understand why there were so many icebergs! Back at camp, there will be time before dinner to do some fishing or simply enjoy a cup of tea in this privileged environment. Camping overnight.
Iceland Greenland Day 4. Overview of Eqalorutsit huge glacier
Breakfast and, depending on how we see the passage through the ice, we paddle around the western cape of the fjord to get a view of the Eqalorutsit glacier from our kayaks; another option is to heading south to get close to the area of Kangerlua, a farm all year round blocked by ice with landscapes of indescribable beauty. We have lunch during one of the stops before heading off in the direction of Tasiusaq.
Night at Tasiusaq or Qassiarsuk Hostel.
Special dinner with typical Greenlandic products, whale, seal, caribou, mattak…
Iceland Greenland Day 5. Viking ruins before flight
In the morning we head off hiking to Qassiarsuk while our backpacks are transported by jeep. After a hot shower we have a guided tour of the Viking ruins of Brattahlid (present day Qassiarsuk), learning the history of the arrival of Eric the Red from Iceland at this small settlement in 985. Of particular interest are the reconstructions of a viking house (spacious but cold) and an inuit dwelling (small but warmer), transporting us back in time to the harsh conditions in which these people lived and it definitely shows us how the Inuit knew how to adapt better to the progressive cooling of the climate.
Boat transfer Narsarsuaq. Once there, we recommend you to visit the Museum of the American Base (the Bluie West One), untouched since the Second World War or you can do which is probably the most renowned excursion in all Greenland, the Flower Valley. Enjoy the spectacular view of a valley formed due to the glacier retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation with plenty of flowers. If we have time we will walk until we can see Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic view of the ice sheet and its Nunataks.
Flight from Narsarsuaq to Iceland (Keflavik international Airport) or to Copenhagen.
Summer Dates 2017
A trip of 5 days and 4 nights in Greenland
Departure and return to Keflavik (Iceland)
27th June – 01st July
04th – 08th July
11th – 15th July
18th – 22nd July
25th – 29th July
01st – 05th August
08th – 12th August
15th – 19th August
22nd – 26th August
29th August – 02nd September
16th – 20th September
23rd – 27th September
- Departure and return from Keflavik (Iceland).
- Flight Keflavik – Narsarsuaq – Keflavik
- Guide (english speaking)
- Transfers in Greenland, as stated on this program
- Meals on a full board basis, as stated on this program
- Qooroq Ice Fjord boat excursion
- Cultural visit to Brattahlid ruins
- Accommodation in Greenland, as stated on this program
- Rental of kayaks and navigation equipment
- Camping and RIB boat travel equipment
- Airport taxes and fees (approx. 165-200 € from Keflavik )
- Travel insurance
- Lunch on flight days
- Accommodation, transfers and food in Keflavik
- Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties or cancellations due to ice or weather conditions) or flight or boat delays
- Any other aspect not listed in “Included”
Physical level required
Since we will be sailing in an area of calm water area and because of the stability of our double kayaks, previous experience in kayaking is not required (although is recommended). The pace of crossing is gentle and a specific physical level is not required.
If you want to know more details of the trip (passenger information, payment method, recommendations, equipment, etc.) please ask for the Trip Details.